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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:31:22 PM
What shoes do/did you use when your child was learning to walk. My niece is 10 months old and is starting to walk and trying to take a few steps. She's wearing really stiff, too big shoes (they slide off her feet)from Walmart.

I remember taking my son to a shoe store and having his feet measured properly while he was learning to walk. They don't think this is important because once she can walk they can get her expensive shoes. I see it as the other way around

My problem isn't the Walmart shoes either, although they are really ugly, I"m just concerned that she won't walk properly in ill fitted shoes. It's not a matter of money either, because I'm willing to pay and they know it.

thoughts????

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:33:17 PM
We went to Stride Rite. They measured and told us what size.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:35:35 PM
My two youngest lived in Robeez or similar shoes. They wore them until they outgrew the largest sizes.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:36:58 PM
Our ped told us not to buy shoes while they were just learning to walk. So that they get an idea of the feel of the floor/ground underneath them and gaining stability and confidence in their walking skills before having to also get used to wearing a shoe. So, I would hold off on the shoes until after she's been walking for a month or so.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:40:02 PM
DD learned to walk inside so in socks or bare feet for the most part. I think her first shoes were white Keds but only when we went out. We don't wear shoes inside and I think babies look uncomfortable in shoes.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:40:10 PM
babies learn to walk best in barefeet. My grand kids have all worn robeez shoes as their first shoes. They keep kids feet warm on chilly floors but don't restrict proper foot movement.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:41:11 PM
No shoes here either, also said it helped with developing the arch.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:41:50 PM
I took my kids to Stride Rite and got them their first pairs of sneakers there. They have a lot of shoes for beginning walkers.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:42:04 PM
No shoes so they learn proper foot movement
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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:48:54 PM
No shoes here either and my babies are now 15 and 18. If it was cold, they wore the baby socks with the rubber grippers on the soles.

Honestly, I feel sorry for babies with their fat pudgy feet stuffed into those horrible Stride Rite shoes.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:49:45 PM
Hmmmm.... interesting.

When my son was little, the ped told us to get shoes. That was 18 years ago though.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:53:13 PM
I like Robeez and Pediped. Inside baby is barefoot but when they need to be wearing shoes those are what we have.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:03:50 PM
Barefoot at home and socks or grippy socks outside.
I had early walkers, oldest two were 10 - 10 1/2 months and the youngest 9 months and we progressed to just soft slip on sneakers/shoes, not sized Stride Right style once they mastered walking and they've all been fine.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:15:13 PM
Barefoot or socks. He had one pair of soft crib shoes with grippy nubs for outside walking. I got him baby crocks and fitted stride right once he was really walking (at 9 months). Now he just runs lol.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:36:31 PM
My daughter was in Robeez then the early walkers from stride rite. The early walkers have a soft bottom so it is slightly more than Robeez
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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:37:46 PM
Barefoot

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:38:30 PM
Bare feet at home.
Robeez and PediPeds in public.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:41:50 PM
Another one whose kids were barefoot at home, even my 17 yo. Robeez outside.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:43:29 PM
We did the soft shoes (Robeez or the Target knock-offs) when their feet needed to be covered. My kids haven't worn hard shoes until they were 2 years old.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:52:13 PM
Another one here who was told no shoes while they are learning to walk. Obviously it's not possible to have kids barefoot all the time while they are learning to walk (especially during colder months), so your niece should have her feet properly fitted like you did with your kids.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:20:26 PM
Ditto the barefoot at home, and Pedi-Peds (oh how I loved those!) when out!

I loved, loved, loved these wonderful Swedish Moccasins from Hanna Anderson when my girl was a baby. They have a wonderful soft kid leather sole at the bottom, don't wear out and go right in the washer. I bought her a new pair every time she'd outgrow the last. They molded to her little feet just like a glove. She would fall asleep with them on and I'd leave then on her little feet. Awww, how I miss those baby feetsies days!



Hanna also makes awesome grippy socks that don't ever pill and last forever. Loved those too. They don't roll off and they are so soft and warm.




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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:28:16 PM
It's better for kids to learn how to walk without shoes on. The only time they really need them is if it's too cold to be out without something on their feet or if they are walking outside on ground that could hurt their feet. But not for the sole purpose of learning to walk.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:29:33 PM
We also did barefeet & just used soft shoes when we were somewhere that she had to wear shoes.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:32:25 PM
I just saw some sweater socks/shoes like the ones listed above me at Target yesterday. I almost bought them but wasn't sure how warm they would be. I bought DS some boots (but they are actually just fleece lines booties) at Old Navy yesterday as well. They seem warmer but I want to see how well they stay on. The sweater ones would probably stay in place better. They were under $8. I thought it would be good for in the car on the way to daycare or the store. They do have grips so if baby was walking on the floor in a store or something there would be some protection.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:34:15 PM
Bare feet, the robeez type shoes and Hanna mocs. Love the mocs!
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:44:19 PM
I agree with barefoot or Robeez. I kept my dd's Robeez.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:46:03 PM
Kristen, my DS had those shoes from Target and they were great. When he needed more warmth I put socks on under them. Of course we lived in central TX at the time so it never go too cold and of course at that age it wasn't like he was running out to play in snow.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:13:02 PM
Barefoot or grippy socks at home and soft-soled Pedi-Peds out of the house. I have a slight obsession with adorable soft little baby shoes!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:18:24 PM
ksuheather--thanks for the review! It was really cold yesterday at DS's football game. I saw the booties at ON and thought they would be good for things like that (although there is only one game left) or just going somewhere in the car. I want something that is warmer than his pedipeds. The good thing about those sock/shoes (not sure what to call them!) is that they would go higher up, covering the leg more. I may just have to get a pair of them, too.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:21:25 PM
okay, I had to come back and post this..perfect picture of Dahlia in her Hanna mocs, see how soft and squishy they are?


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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:22:23 PM
ksuheather--thanks for the review! It was really cold yesterday at DS's football game. I saw the booties at ON and thought they would be good for things like that (although there is only one game left) or just going somewhere in the car. I want something that is warmer than his pedipeds. The good thing about those sock/shoes (not sure what to call them!) is that they would go higher up, covering the leg more. I may just have to get a pair of them, too.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:22:56 PM
Pedi ped.

Or barefoot.
The pediatric said its better to have them barefoot or wearing Pedi-peds because theyre so soft on the bottoms.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:28:10 PM
Robeez. Loved them!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:59:31 PM
Newly walking babies shouldn't be wearing any shoes at all. Socks with grippy stuff if it's cold. But the foot develops better and the baby learns to walk better/faster if the foot can firmly and fully feel the surface under it.

You don't need shoes until baby is walking everywhere/outside. Before that, they're cute for pictures, but not much else.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:39:31 AM
Cute pic, Yvonne, but look at poor Barbie's legs. Makes me hurt just looking at those splits.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:47:21 AM
Our oldest went barefoot except for the non-skid socks and our second had Robeez (well, the Target brand, LOL). We didn't put shoes on them until they had gotten to walking well and went outside to play.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:09:32 AM
Our LO wore shoes everywhere if we were away from our house. He just wasn't "dressed" unless he had them on. Around our house he wore those fold down socks with the rubber grippy dots on the bottom. He still wears them now because our floors are slick and I'm scared he'll fall and bust his head.

Once he started pulling up we had him fitted at Stride Rite and stopped putting the hard soled shoes on him. Now that he walks well he wears SR and Puma but also has a couple of pair of hard soled shoes (KSwiss, Jordan, etc).

We have a fantastic pedi who said as long as most of his walking was barefoot/socks/Stride Rite then he was perfectly fine to wear whatever.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:27:29 AM
http://www.graciousmay.com/gracious-may-1/girl

Link to the sweetest baby girl shoes in the world....not very practical, but soft soled and so adorable!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:37:02 AM

http://www.graciousmay.com/gracious-may-1/girl

Link to the sweetest baby girl shoes in the world....not very practical, but soft soled and so adorable!
I pinned it!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:53:05 AM
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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:03:34 PM
None. I remember a time when all kids wore hard-sole shoes to learn to
walk. Luckily it was warm where we lived when both of mine were learning to walk and I found that they did so much better without the shoes than with because it allowed them to use all of the foot muscles & ligaments.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:43:41 PM
I was told by ortho dr. that is was best if they didn't have shoes on at home and to wear whatever was comfortable to them when they went out.

My oldest is 19 and the other is 12. Both have done fine in the foot department

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:47:47 PM
When ds was learning to walk, he didnt wear shoes. Once he was mobile, I think he just wore a pair of Nikes.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:48:41 PM
Didn't get shoes for either of mine (now 18 and 10) until they were ready for outside walking. Before that, just bare feet or socks with rubber grippers.

Until only a few years back, I had never heard of shoes for babies learning to walk - I think it's just a marketing wheeze dreamt up by the shoe companies to get more money out of people!!

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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:44:52 AM
Mine all learned to walk barefoot. Luckily, they were doing it in a warm climate (NC and FL) and we never even needed the booties/rubber-soled socks.

All three were walking independently by 10.5 months at the latest ("early walkers, late talkers" as my mother used to say). When they finally needed shoes, we had them fitted at Stride Rite. They wore the "white high top" baby shoes, but the soles were very flexible, not hard and stiff.


Honestly, I feel sorry for babies with their fat pudgy feet stuffed into those horrible Stride Rite shoes.
?????? My girls had the chubbiest feet--basically "cubes" -- as long as they were wide and just as thick. I worried that we would never find shoes for the first one, and I was convinced I should just put her in the shoe boxes that most shoes came in because they would have fit her better. It was pathetic to see her in the little "dressy" shoes for pictures b/c of the feet bumps spilling out of the spaces besie the straps. (We eventually just opted for no shoes at all in pictures and made sure the photographer kept her feet out of the picture LOL.)

Stride Rite was the only place we could find shoes for chubby baby feet. I seem to recall double or triple E widths for mine, but they fit them wonderfully.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:49:36 AM
As soon as I saw your subject line, I said in my head, no shoes! Another vote for bare feet. Baby needs to grip the floor and get the feel to learn how to walk properly.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 4:37:49 PM
My boys had bare feet for the most part, and sneakers for outside. But I was a lover of old fashioned things, so I had white baby shoes for professional portraits and special occasions, like weddings or Christmas.

I still have my white baby shoes that are over 50 years old and they are soft soled.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 5:24:59 PM

Didn't get shoes for either of mine (now 18 and 10) until they were ready for outside walking. Before that, just bare feet or socks with rubber grippers.

Until only a few years back, I had never heard of shoes for babies learning to walk - I think it's just a marketing wheeze dreamt up by the shoe companies to get more money out of people!!



Exactly that. Really, babies have managed without them since forever.

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